The Victorian Government’s subsidy actually expires today, and still there is no announcement on the future of the train service. According to the ABC, engineers have reported that the 10-hour travel time could be reduced to 6.5 hours using a state-of-the-art tilting train with dual-gauge capabilities.
The Victorian Government have provided some last minute funding for The Overland, ensuring that it will run for the next three years.
That’s a reprieve. Hopefully in the next three years the parties can come together to find ways to improve The Overland service (e.g. new rolling stock).
Doubtful. JBRE do not care at all about the service. They don’t advertise it anywhere, the cuts to frequency over the years have hurt patronage and made it an inconvenient mode of travel. The rolling stock is fine for the time being, the problem is it needs new management and a refocus on being treated as the public transport service that it is.
The service really just needs to be handed over to the VIC state government at this point for assimilation into V/Line. It doesn’t make any sense for a passenger service to be operated by a company that only cares about promoting luxury rail journeys to seniors (Indian Pacific and Ghan).
I’ve said this elsewehre.
Run the VLine to Serviceton daily using the new SG Vlocities. Run from Spencer St, make sure it connects well (max 20min wait) with VLine trains at North Shore. Charge normal VLine prices.
Run once weekly to Adelaide. Charge $500 to anyone who goes over the SA border. If that’s not good enough for the people of SA, then their representative (the premier) can come to the table and negotiate in good faith.
NSW train management to be brought into the Transport for NSW department.
And the government owned bus operator State Transit Authority will be abolished by April 2022 after the last three regions they operate are privatised.
The XPT train service between Sydney and Melbourne will temporarily stop running from tomorrow (July 6) due to the closure of NSW-Victorian border. The train will only run between Albury and Sydney Central.
And run with significantly fewer carriages I would think.
meanwhile the service to Brisbane will resume - it previously stopped at tweed heads.
The overnight rail service will continue to terminate at Casino at 02:19 where a coach service will continue on to Roma St, this is due to the SG platforms at Roma St closed for demolition works associated with the Cross River Rail project.
Public Transport Victoria has finally revealed changes to V/Line services due to the closure of Victorian-NSW border as well as the ACT. V/Line trains between Melbourne and Albury had been replaced by coaches since yesterday (I can’t understand why V/Line trains can’t terminate at Wangaratta?). Coach service to Canberra will not run.
Because the Sydney to Melbourne XPT is run by NSW Trains. Why should they put their staff at risk of COVID when PTV can run a replacement coach instead? Plus, even if the service is split into halves they’d still have to cross the border to return to the depot in NSW each night and go through mandatory tests and quarantine.
I was referring to V/Line trains which normally run between Melbourne and Albury.
The Melbourne to Albury route is also served by V/Line, it’s their one standard gauge passenger route.
Hopefully this gives ARTC a chance to fast track their upgrade of the corridor, which almost needs a full sleeper replacement north of Seymour but I digress
Ah my bad, I thought you were talking about the main interstate service.
Bus commuters will also be able to board through all doors over the next two years, with transactions on buses permanently removed from July 13, requiring commuters to travel with a valid myki.
I’m not sure what this means?
Do they mean restrictions, not transactions?
I think it’s referring to cash top ups for myki cards. Poorly written/edited.
Correct. And just like that, Victoria has a state-wide free bus zone.
Getting rid of opportunities for people to pay will encourage further fare evasion and, in some cases, more unnecessary journeys by car. I can see why COVID might present challenges with cash handling, but without rolling out myki machines to the god-knows-how-many bus stops across the state that aren’t connected to a railway station, major interchange or airport the network is about to take a significant revenue hit.